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A Residency in Beijing for Artists to Experience Alternative Life

It’s a summer afternoon in the north of Beijing, a small village in the suburban. A group of artists gathered for a workshop inside a new art venue “The Cookie House” escorted by rose flowers in the garden. Among these roses, there are special hybrid kinds called “Peace”. The conversation turns from today’s grocery supplies to fresh fruits picked up from trees nearby as well as artworks on the second floor.

This is a typical activity of most sunset afternoon from in-house artists. A drink among artists and friends leads to dinner, hours of casual conversation about art and life, or the perfect dishes turned out by an gastronomic venture.

Since its founding by art-couple Louis K Wang and Nana Bee in 2007, here is nothing “usual” about an art residency where are not only incubators for productivity but also opportunities for funding, forging relationships, and perhaps most importantly, finding inspiration. As with most aspects of the art world, “one-size-fits-all” is not a term that can be applied here.

This year the Cookie House is open for public to celebrate their 12th year stay in Beijing. The Rose Manor will be ready for more artists of different mediums to apply in residency.

“When you’re on the premises, it really feels like a whole world unto itself,” explains artist Han Qing who are a painter as well as a guitar player joining the Rural Mix exhibition for twice. “It’s a really special place that’s conducive to working, not only because of its location and the resources it provides, but also because of how it’s run: as an inclusive environment where artists get together; where they share a curiosity about art, the world, and each other.”

In the summer of 2007,  Louis K Wang launched his new project for sustainability after working for conventional colleges. He envisioned a convergency where his peers could escape the metropolis and embrace a way of life more connected to the earth. Rose Manor the current location of the Cookie House became the serene environment where he and his family could create and converse away from a stresses that, in his view, were byproducts of urban life and industrialization. He believed that the spirituality essential for artistic creation had been stamped out by materialism. But that it could be rekindled by a return to nature and art working. So, on a property he and Nanabee purchased in Beijing, they organized Rural Mix Project、the Winter Garden 、the Cookie House and upcoming Taosidency as artist commune and educational center.

from the first year, since they first time invited their friends 、artist and students to the compound, Louis K Wang and Nanabee hasn’t changed much . This place remains a friendly environment that the couple set up to public. It is said the value of arts would be up especially in the AI generation. The creativity of life is a fundamental survival key to humanity. Through art working, people will also find the value of existence and connection to the world.

if anyone who need a place to do real creation,  happen arts and make some baby-step-fine tune-up in life, the artist residency program “Taosidency©” is now available to apply. All artworks happen here will all have an open exhibition to public.

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